William Stanley Merwin

(September 30, 1927 / New York / United States)

Whenever I Go There - Poem by William Stanley Merwin

Whenever I go there everything is changed

The stamps on the bandages the titles
Of the professors of water

The portrait of Glare the reasons for
The white mourning

In new rocks new insects are sitting
With the lights off
And once more I remember that the beginning

Is broken

No wonder the addresses are torn

To which I make my way eating the silence of animals
Offering snow to the darkness

Today belongs to few and tomorrow to no one


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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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